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What are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are treatments used to restore the youthful look of the face, giving it more volume and minimizing fine lines and wrinkles. They are often called “liquid facelifts” since its effects are similar to that of a surgical facelift procedure without the downtime.

Dermal fillers, however, do not treat excessive sagging of the skin, but they can add more volume to the shallow areas of the face. The results are immediate and the costs are much lesser than surgical procedures. However, treatment may need to be repeated to maintain the results.

What are the different kinds of dermal fillers available?

There are different kinds of dermal fillers available. The commonly used ones include:

  • Juvederm. This kind of dermal filler uses a chemical called hyaluronic acid, which naturally occurs in the body and is responsible for giving volume and hydrating the skin. Juvederm can temporarily treat moderate to severe folds and wrinkles on the face.

Some of the lesser known dermal fillers include:

  • Collagen. Collagen is a naturally occurring protein in the body, commonly found in the skin, ligaments, and tendons.
  • Sculptra. This injectable is made of a chemical found in microspheres called synthetic polylactic acid.
  • Hylaform. Usually used for the treatment of moderate to severe wrinkles located on the nose and mouth, this dermal filler is also derived from hyaluronic acid.
  • Radiesse. A longer-lasting dermal filler, Radiesse consists of calcium hydroxyapatite that corrects wrinkles and folds.

To know which kind of dermal filler is most suitable for you, consult a professional. Dr. Randall Barnett at the Alpine Plastic Surgery Clinic in Salt Lake City, UT gladly provides patients with more information on dermal fillers and answers whatever questions they have about these products.

Who are good candidates for dermal fillers?

People over 35 are already experiencing the early signs of aging are usually the ones who undergo this procedure to bring back their youthful look. However, people in their 20s also get this treatment to enhance their appearance or make their lips more pout. Moreover, if you have the following concerns, you may consider getting dermal fillers:

  • Smoker’s lines, which are typically found around the mouth
  • Lines on the nasolabial fold, which is found from the nose to the mouth
  • Thin, misshapen lips
  • Shallow cheeks
  • Receding chin
  • Humps on the nose bridge

When should I give dermal fillers a second thought?

Although dermal fillers are generally safe, there are still some contraindications.

  • Reconsider getting dermal fillers if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Dermal fillers may not be right for you if you have acne. Acne has to be addressed first before getting dermal fillers to prevent infection later on.
  • Individuals with autoimmune disorders or rheumatoid arthritis may not be good candidates for dermal fillers, too.

To ensure that dermal fillers are safe for you, skin tests are usually done to test for any allergic reactions. The best way to know if the procedure is suitable for you is to consult a qualified doctor.

What happens during the administration of dermal fillers?

Before giving the go signal for the treatment, your surgeon has to assess your face and evaluate your skin tone and facial appearance. Desired results and expectations are also discussed.

Before the procedure starts, your doctor marks certain points on your face to guide him or her to the appropriate sites to be injected with the filler.

The area is then thoroughly cleansed using an antibacterial agent. Depending on your tolerance to injections, a topical anesthetic may be applied before the treatment. At times, dermal fillers already contain anesthetic to make injections more comfortable for the patient.

Injections only take a few minutes. After the fillers are administered, the marks are then washed. To alleviate any discomfort, ice packs or cold compresses for the treated area may be provided.

If you wish to treat deep lines and scars, multiple injections may be needed in order to achieve significant results. A local anesthetic may also be given in this case.

What side effects are associated with the use of dermal fillers?

The following side effects may be experienced after the treatment:

  • Allergic reaction
  • Numbness
  • Redness
  • Swelling and bruising
  • Pain or tenderness
  • Skin discoloration

The doctor will give you certain instructions to counter these temporary side effects.

What post-procedure instructions can I expect?

During the first 24 hours after treatment, your doctor may instruct you to refrain from any strenuous activities or excessive exposure to the sun. You may already return to work right after treatment since dermal fillers generally have very minimal downtime. It is important to note, however, that the treated area should not be rubbed so as not to disturb the filler underneath.

How long do results of dermal fillers last?

The results of the treatment are not permanent. Even the kinds of fillers that offer semi-permanent outcomes still require follow-up treatments later on. Since the body absorbs the fillers and the body continually ages, the body’s original appearance will return if re-treatments are not made. Depending on the filler used, results may last for 4 to 6 months or even to a year or more.